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Man in viral overdose photo shoot speaks out

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Police in Rhode Island took a photo of a man who overdoses and it went viral. (Credit: WPRI) Police in Rhode Island took a photo of a man who overdoses and it went viral. (Credit: WPRI)

Police in Rhode Island took a photo of a man who overdoses and it went viral.

The man in that photo survived and now he’s speaking out.

A picture shared by North Smithfield Police shows the scene last Friday in Woonsocket, a man slumped over the wheel, a baby in the backseat, and police say he was overdosing.

“They administered several doses of Narcan to bring him back to consciousness, which they did,” said Captain Tim Lafferty, North Smithfield Police.

North Smithfield Police Captain Tim Lafferty says it took four does of Narcan to revive 33-year-old Michael Krajczinski, who now faces a charge of child neglect.

"My wife and kids don't deserve anything like that. I'm distraught you know, things of that nature, this isn't a thing for me it’s not the norm to say the least.”

Police say Krajcziynski told them he took two pills thinking they were Percocets.

“We were assuming there was a high dose of fentanyl,” said Captain Tim Lafferty.

Captain Lafferty says they shared the photo of Kraczynski to bring awareness to the opioid crisis.

“If it weren’t for the due diligence of those officers administering Narcan at that time, he probably would have passed away,” said Captain Time Lafferty.

Krajczynski would not be facing charges if his baby had not been in the back seat because he was not driving at the time and there were no other drugs.

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